Triad drivers urged to stay home, some roads ‘virtually impassable’

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — If you don't have to drive today, officials are urging you to stay home and off the roads.

Officials with the Highway Patrol, Davidson County, Rockingham County, Guilford County, Alamance County, Randolph County and Forsyth County all reported that most of their roads in poor shape.

Though many roads have been scraped, a layer of ice is left underneath.

Many primary roads have been plowed and salted but are still covered in hard packed snow, covered with ice.

Secondary roads have not been plowed or salted, according to some agencies.

Road crews are working to clear the roads but there are reports that many are untouched.

Officials are reporting that portions of Interstate 85 had not been plowed as of Thursday morning.

Eastchester Drive in High Point was also in bad shape, according to High Point dispatchers.

Several wrecks and disabled vehicles are being reported throughout the Triad.

Winston-Salem police issued a press release asking residents to stay at home.

Although its primary roads have been plowed and salted, secondary roads are "virtually impassable," the release said.

Officials say that if you decide to drive and become stuck, police or tow trucks may take a while getting to them because of the high number of calls.

Here are some ways to reduce your chances of being involved in a crash when driving in adverse weather conditions:

  • Reduce your speed and turn on your vehicle’s headlights.
  • Allow plenty of room between you and other vehicles. Stopping distances are longer on wet and icy roads.
  • Keep your eyes open for disabled vehicles, and pedestrians who might be in the roadway.
  • Approach bridges and overpasses with caution. These areas accumulate ice first. Apply your brakes gently in these areas.
  • Avoid sudden braking. This can cause your vehicle to go into a slide.

If your vehicle begins to slide, remain calm and take these steps:

  • Take your foot off of the accelerator.
  • Do not apply your brakes.
  • Turn the steering wheel in the direction the rear of your car is sliding.

If your vehicle stalls or becomes disabled:

  • Pull off the roadway as far as possible. If safe, place a warning triangle approximately 50 yards behind your car to alert other motorists that your vehicle is ahead.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers and raise the hood or tie a cloth/flag to the antenna or window.
  • Stay in your vehicle and lock the doors.
  • Run your car just enough to stay warm. Ensure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed, and roll down your window about an inch to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you become stranded, call 336-373-2222 or 911 for help.

1 Comment

  • Michael D. Rubin (@MichaelRubin)

    I’ve driven on the track and I’ve driven in lots of snow. If you begin to slide, turn into the skid—very gently–and apply a slight amount of accelerator-not brakes. You are more prone to skid when you are accelerating hard and then lift off the accelerator. This is the natural tendency. Adding a little bit of power as you turn into the skid will regain your traction and allow you to then-and only then-straighten out of the skid.

    It goes against your thinking.

    This article on Edmunds has it right-the above is only partially right:

    http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-drive-in-the-snow.html

    Stay off the roads-ideally.

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